Fragmented Drive

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by BigBear68, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. BigBear68

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    Hi looking for some advice on how to tidy up my drive,Minitool is showing 5 partitions of which 3 are tiny in size and presumably empty as follows E:556 MB,F:43 MB and G:127 MB.

    As these partitions are to the left of my main C drive there is no way i can merge this empty space using Disk Management and the software i have read can do it require the Pro versions and need payment.

    Any way i can tidy this up and merge these empty partitions into my main partition ?.
     
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    They may not really be empty. Can you post a Windows Disk Mgmt screen of the partition layout.
     
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    No they are not totally empty,Minitool shows each partition has 4 MB used,however i have no idea what that data is.

    Disk Management is not showing the partitions just 601 MB Unallocated.
     
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    So after doing a little work i have to refresh the thread,i now have four partitions as follows
    1,600 MB and is unallocated
    2,is the EFI system partition
    3,is the reserved partition
    and 4 is obviously the data partition.

    So can i merge the first partition of 600 MB into the data partition or do anything else with it ?.
    Also i have read the reserved partition on Windows 8 should be 350 MB but mine is only 128 MB,should i increase this partition size or leave it as it is ?.
     
  6. Brian K

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    BigBear68,

    What happened to the three tiny partitions?

    Can you post a screenshot from Minitool?
     
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    I believe while I was tinkering with Minitool I split the unallocated partition into two sections which became E & F, G was the reserved partition.So I am left with the 600 MB empty partition.I was trying to tidy things up before I did a backup but I believe there is nothing I can do with the small empty partition so will leave it as is.
     
  8. Brian K

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    BigBear68,

    The 600 MB area is not a partition. It's Unallocated Free Space.

    To remove that Free Space you would...

    Slide (move) the ESP to the left
    Slide (move) the MSR to the left
    Slide (move) the Windows partition to the left
    Resize the Windows partition to remove the new Free Space at the end of Disk 0
     
  9. BigBear68

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    Brian K

    Ok i moved the EFI partition to the left,however the unallocated space is not giving me the option to move it.

    Windows partition gives me the option to move it but when i select the option you cant actually move it just resize.
     
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  10. Brian K

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    You can't manually move unallocated space. You have to slide partitions.

    After you slide the ESP you will have 600 MB of free space between ESP and MSR.
    After you slide the MSR you will have 600 MB of free space between MSR and Windows partition.
    After you slide the Windows partition you will have 600 MB of free space after Windows partition.
    Resize Windows partition 600 MB larger.
    Now there is no unallocated free space.
     
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    It is the reserved partition that is not giving me an option to slide it.
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  12. Brian K

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    BigBear68,

    BootIt UEFI can slide (and delete if desired) the MSR. It seems MiniTool can do neither. There is a pdf in the BootIt UEFI download that describes how to make a boot disk. Use the BootIt UEFI boot disk and follow my instructions. Don't install BootIt UEFI.

    https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/downloads-bootit-uefi.htm
     
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    Brian K thanks for your help,as a last resort I tried AOEMI partition software and that allowed me to merge the unallocated space into the C partition.Hard drive is now tidy.
     
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    @Brian K and @TheRollbackFrog

    hi, brian and trf, this post is ot but, thank you for your valuable posts on imaging and backup issues. i learned a lot reading your posts. what would we do without you. again, thank you for your time, guys. :thumb:
     
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    imdb, thanks for the pat on the back.
     
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    You deserve it. You have helped me in past. :)
     
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    ...and like @Brian K - I also love those li'l back pats. Anytime you need some help, we're laways here.
     
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    Much appreciated. :)
     
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    :thumb:
     
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    thank you, trf. :thumb:
     
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    With minidisktools you don't merge into an empty space, you simply expand a partition next to the space so it takes up that space.
     
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